This helicopter mounted camera
system is capable of carrying camera packages up to 80 lbs.(36.4 Kg). This weight bearing ability
allows use of one thousand foot magazines on 16 or 35mm film cameras, or some lighter large
format cameras may be mounted. Tilt and roll are remotely controlled from within the helicopter
cockpit; same with the focus and iris. Zooming is not recommended. The system is not vibration
isolated so focal lengths are limited to the wide end. However, with some helicopters the rotor
balance is good enough to allow some zooming at the wide end. For example, at 35mm format,
zooming up to 50mm is possible. The mounting location is so far forward on the helicopter that the
rotors are never in the normal field of view, even under hard forward acceleration.
The camera can be rolled 360 degrees (no other aerial mount can do that), as long as there is no
interference between the camera package and the helicopter (some camera packages may have
accessories or other structure attached to them which would physically interfere with the complete
rotation of the camera). This allows the horizon to be leveled when the helicopter is banking, and
some spectacular rotations if the tilt and roll are performed in syncronization.
The tilt range is also 360 degrees, however this may be decreased to less than 270 degrees, depending
on the camera package dimension. Views from way above the horizon (you can tilt above horizon to include
lots of sky) to completely rearward are possible, even during the shot. To prevent the image from being
upside down when tilting down for a rear-looking view, the operator simply rolls the horizon synchronously
to keep the image erect. Or, if one shot calls for a forward looking POV, and the next one is a rearward POV,
the operator simply tilts all the way rearward and then rolls the horizon to erect the image again. No need to
land the helicopter for a remount of the camera in order to face backwards!
Zoom, focus and iris are accurately controlled with Preston FIZ.
Comes with wheel actuated console, viewfinding monitor, batteries, cables and brackets. All you need to
provide is the camera package.
This mount is STC'd only for the Bell 206 A, B or L helicopters (the 206A is not recommended for high altitude
tilt 270 ; roll 360